Monday, September 29, 2014

Twelve in Fourteen.

Here is my UFO Finish for September!  It is called Twister Jack and uses the twister ruler. I purchased this in Bozeman Montana, while on a road trip last fall to Yellowstone National Park. Not sure if I am a big fan of this process, as you have to sew together squares, just to cut them up and sew them back together again!! It's like making a quilt twice, but I do really like the result!

Twister Jack.
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Design Wall Monday

This week I am making progress on my Pfeffernuese!  All blocks are completed and I am on my way to putting it all together.  Taking some vacation from the day job, before we get into our busy holiday season. So hope to get this one complete this week. Wish me luck.

I also completed this week, the Sunshine Guild BOM, which is not due until Tuesday Oct 14. It is nice to be ahead for once. I like the choice of the grey for the neutral. Everyone was is supposed to pick a bright batik for the star. I would love to win these blocks!

Check out my next post for my UFO finish for September, just in time for the UFO parade at 52 quilts.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Stash Report

Happy Sunday- the last week of September. Hard to believe that it will soon be the holidays!

No finishes this week, just a couple of adds. First off, I needed a gold fabric for binding for my Orca Bay Quilt, another Bonnie Hunter pattern. Sunshine Guild will be hosting Bonnie in a few short weeks for a couple of workshops. I have signed up for both! 

Second up, I found these great strips for a future Christmas project from Memory Lane Quilt shop during the San Diego Quilt Show.

Here are the current numbers:

Used this week: 0 yards
Used Year to date 108.50 yards.
Purchased this week: 4.0 yards.
Purchased year to date 73.0 yards.
Net Fabric used in 2014 35.5 yards.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop!

Jennifer over at Curlicue Creations, invited me to play along on an
Around the World Blog Hop. I will be sharing a little bit about my creative process, some of my quilts, and linking you up with a couple of other bloggers to share what they are all about. So here goes...

I live in beautiful San Diego, where today we are having a heat wave- over 100 degrees! I have been sewing/quilting for almost 40 years, ( hard to believe!) and I have made well over 100 quilts. You can see many of them at Kerry's Quilting on Pinterest.

1.What am I currently working on? I have over 30 projects waiting to be completed, so for the last couple of years I have joined in with Aunt Marty over at 52 Quilts, for her UFO Challenge. So each month I am working on trying to get a UFO finished. If I complete 12 a year it will only take me 2 1/2 years to complete! Of coursed this is assuming that I don't add any more projects. :) Currently I am working on a Bonnie Hunter Quilt called Pfeffernuse. Mine will be more pink and brown (leftovers from the Dear Jane Quilt) than red. My current favorite quilt designs are scrappy, so I have become a fan of Bonnie Hunter's Patterns and have made quite a few of them.


I am usually working on a couple or projects at once, so here are a few more below.

Hand appliqued blocks's for "A Different Path Quilt"
 I have recently tried my hand at applique and have found that I can do it! It was not one of my favorite methods in the past, but has now become a great tool to have in my quilting tool box. Also a great take along project for those car trips that we go on a couple times a year.

Red/White/Blue Dear Jane
Yes, I am making another Dear Jane Quilt!!  I know- I am crazy, but I LOVE making those cute little 4 1/2 inch blocks. This one will have all the triangles.

2. How does my work differ from others? Not sure how to answer this one. While I use many patterns from different designers, I almost always try to put a little spin on it by either using  a different color pallete, changing up the blocks, or a different border treatment. My favorite color is red and it shows up in many of my quilts.

3. Why do I create? I love the whole process of quilting, from picking out the pattern, to fabric/color selection, to piecing the top together, all the way through the process of finishing a quilt.  ( I also have a longarm to finish all those quilts!) I find it challenging and relaxing all at once. I also love the geometry of quilting-it was one of my favorite subjects in school. So traditional piecing and more traditional patterns are my favorite, although I am also a big fan of Judy Niemeyer's patterns.

4. How does my creative process work? No suprises here! I start with a pattern, from a book, magazine, or any other source, sometimes it might be a fabric, and then see where it takes me. Sometimes it is something specific for someone special. Other times it is just the challenge or complexity of a particular pattern. Or it might be a design to use my stash.

Now on to a couple of Bloggers that I would like you to meet! They will be posting on 9/22/14 so make sure you head over and check them out.

First off is Sandi over at Kwiltnkats. I have known Sandi for over 10 years and she is my closest friend. She is an award wining quilter, who makes amazing quilts, and sews very fast- it is not unusual for her to make 30 quilts a year. She also is great with color. Check out this beauty!


Next up is my sister Lynne, over at Da's Crochet Connection. I thought I would change things up a bit and showcase an awesome crocheter. Lynne does turn out a couple of quilts a year, but her current passion is crocheting. I love her granny squares! Visit her blog to find out what she did with the 356 Granny Squares she made last year.

356 Granny Squares

Thanks for visiting and make sure you check out all the other bloggers in the Around the World Blog Hop!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Design Wall

Making Progress on my next UFO. I have half of the the brown string blocks completed and, as you can see below, work in progress on the 288 hour glass units. This will take awhile!

The San Diego Quilt Show ended last Saturday and below are the Quilts that I had in the show. No winners this year, but maybe next time....

Celtic Solstice 

Promised Land
Jamestown Landing.
Hope you have a great week and don't forget to see all the other design walls at Patchwork Times!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Design Wall Monday

September is here! Boy, this year is flying by! 

Since I have my UFO finished for September, #5 Twister Jack, I am moving on to one of my other UFO's for the year. Pfefferneuse, another pattern from Bonnie Hunter in her String Fling book. I will be making it in the leftover pink and brown fabrics from my Dear Jane Quilt.

 So today I am cutting brown strings for the string blocks and sewing a few together- there are 36 of these.

 I already have all the neutral string blocks from a swap done awhile back. Just have to trim and cut in half.

 I have all the pieces cut to put together the hourglass units. This will be a sit and sew, sew, sew!

Hope to make good progress this week!

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